The Ninja Turtles are being stalked by a giant snapping turtle mutant only known as Slash. Meanwhile, they’re in danger from the police as all they know of Slash is that it’s a big green monster that’s attacking random people and scraping random property around the city. This is fairly appropriate for a comic that released on Halloween. Despite how awesome this comic is at its core though, it’s not without problems.
The mystery and backstory about Slash is a fun read. After learning of the police hunt, the turtles realize they need a more secure hideout than April’s antique shop. There’s a great blend of horror and fun in this issue, and it’s a decent way to be introduced to the turtles. The fight at the end of this issue in particular is great, with the turtles facing off against Slash in the darkness of the sewers, with the art perfectly representing the flashlights being the only light the turtles have.
I only have two complaints about this issue. The biggest problem is that Raphael keeps talking about going to Casey’s first hockey game in a long time, yet nobody questions the wisdom of going to a public hockey game when everyone is on the lookout for a green monster. The other problem is that to enjoy this issue fully, you have to read April’s micro-series one-shot. April’s one shot was good, but it’s about time the main series stops relying on the micro series as a supplement.
Despite its problems, this is a great Ninja Turtles issue, and a decent jumping on point. A new villain is introduced, a new potential home is revealed, and it’s a fun read. If you want to try out the Ninja Turtles, this is a good issue to check out.